Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most iconic designers. Born in Kyoto Japan, Akira moved to Australia in 1986 where he studied fashion design at the Sydney Institute of Technology, drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese design. Since 1998, Akira has shown his collections in Paris, where he presents collections to international buyers each year. He has achieved international recognition for his exquisite contempo-rary designs, which are sought after in every major fashion capital throughout the world. Since being named Designer of the Year and Womenswear Designer of the Year at the Australian Fashion Industry Awards in 1999, Akira has received a string of awards, including the inaugural Australian Fashion Laureate Award in 2007 for his contribution to the Australian Fashion Industry.
Vicious Beauty represents a milestone for Akira, with the collection marking the 25th anniversary of the brand. The inspiration behind the range came from a box of 80’s fabric swatches given to the designer by a fabric shop before they closed down. This season is an explora-tion of some of the cornerstone ideas of the brand’s DNA of abstract romanticism. Ruffles, handwork, sequins, organza get an airing, but in a fresh, new light.